LSU is gearing up for their 2017 season and a run for an SEC Championship. The Tigers are entering their first year under head coach Ed Orgeron. Also, first year offensive coordinator Matt Canada is getting his offense ready to be versatile in the SEC. LSU has star players on the offensive side of the ball. The LSU offense has a few questions as to what is expected of them.
This offensive unit can be one of the best in the country under Canada. Quarterback Danny Etling will presumably be the starter, but freshman phenom Myles Brennan is set to take over the helm. Derrius Guice will be the starting running back for the Tigers. The amount of depth the team has on offense has them set to strive for a successful season down in Baton Rouge.
LSU Offense: What To Expect
With Etling presumably being the starter, LSU is in good hands. The senior was injured during the spring but has overcome that injury and is now fully healthy and ready to go. Through fall camp, Etling has looked to be the best choice at quarterback. One cause for concern was his long ball accuracy. He has begun to improve his accuracy on deep passes.
Freshman Myles Brennan is being talked about all over campus. Brennan will eventually be the future of LSU football, although that is unlikely to be this season. He will see playing time this year with LSU having a few games against low-tier teams. Lindsey Scott announced his transfer this past week, so now the Tigers are set at four quarterbacks on the depth chart. Lowell Narcisse is another freshman that will be competing for a backup role with Brennan.
Guice will ultimately be the starter in the backfield for the Tigers. The junior is seeking to fill the void that Leonard Fournette has left behind. In 2016, Guice filled in for Fournette while he was out due to injury and played well. Behind Guice will be Darryl Williams and Nick Brossette. Williams will likely be the backup to Guice with Brossette being just behind.
Also at tailback, the Tigers have Lanard Fournette. Leonard’s brother isn’t as great as him, but he does have an upside to him that can earn him a starting role. Once Guice is gone in 2018, Lanard can compete for a starting job.
This is a tricky position for the Tigers. DJ Chark will be the starting receiver, but who plays opposite of him? Russell Gage, Derrick Dillon, and Drake Davis will all battle it out. Word going around is that Gage will earn the second spot there, with Dillon being a backup. From what has happened in fall camp, Dillon has a lot of potential and has been one of the best performers in practice.
LSU is hiding something
So far through camp, the biggest question is at quarterback. After the spring game in April, Orgeron said that “Etling would be the starter today.” What he meant is that Danny would be starting if the season had started then. He also said that “Myles Brennan will have his fair share to earn the spot,” Throughout camp Orgeron has said that Etling would start but apparently the competition is now open. If that is the case, the team is hiding something that the media doesn’t know about. Could LSU have something up their sleeve and start Myles Brennan in the first game?
The Tigers have a coveted quarterback in Brennan, but the choice to sit him is a reality.
Best Case Scenarios
The best case scenario for the quarterbacks would be to start Etling. He has the most experience on the roster and can lead the Tigers in the right direction. No disrespect to Brennan, but Etling is the guy. Orgeron should redshirt Myles Brennan and let him earn the starting spot in 2018. Yet Narcisse would still be a backup.
Guice will be the featured back in 2017. No questions asked. Now for 2018, Lanard Fournette will likely be the starter with him having so much potential to be a featured back in the Tigers offense. Although, Brossette can earn the role next season as well. The competition next season will be astounding to see how it unfolds.
Let Gage play opposite of Chark this season. LSU has a knack for creating NFL-caliber receivers, and can turn Chark into one. Dillon can earn the starting role in 2018, but should settle for a backup role this season.